It seems to us that the public lands within the State’s parks are not the most logical place for resource extraction activities such as logging. They are more typically places where people can go and pursue recreational activities and enjoy nature in a more or less natural state. This is the purpose for which the park was founded according to the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) mandate.
NH is a state rich in many public and private lands that are much more suited to commercial timber extraction. According to DRED’s website, five million acres in the state are being managed for timber resources.
On the other hand, the Department of Forests and Lands website lists only 12,000 acres of park land statewide, not including Pisgah. Simple math indicates that the state is more in need of land for recreation than acreage for logging. Our argument: with so much land managed for timber, why log in Pisgah at all?